Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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Didn't Nail It

Went to the nails place expecting them to be busy because they sent a flyer yesterday with discount coupons. They had not mass mailed before, and the prices were very good. And they were too busy to get my nails done, so I'll try again tomorrow.

Went home and fired up the TV for background noise and sat down at the PC to start the tedious process of locating all my calendar photo candidate originals and putting them all in one folder. The ones on FB and Flickr are greatly reduced resolution, but for the calendar I need the big files.

Got halfway done when it was time to get to the Computer History Museum. Member appreciation day, discounts at the cafe, so Janice was meeting me for lunch. It was so slow getting the food that we missed the Babbage engine demo I wanted to see, and the PL-1 demo was way too crowded. I had made a quick pass through the gift shop, and would have liked to do a thorough search, but J was complaining about not being able to play some videos on her PC which came from her new camera, so we went to her place. I installed vlc, which played them just fine, but she had shot many in vertical mode, and it took some searching to find the program's flipper.  Also got rid of her weather channel app, which was slowing down the machine. I thought I was going there to do all this on her new computer, but she hasn't set it up yet. :- ( At least I was able to show her the cleverly hidden windows easy transfer widget.

Too late to make it to Psychotronic, so I went home and finished the photo project. The next step will have to wait a few days, and pare down the candidate list according to the votes. Several photos have 3 or more votes. Way too many have at least one vote. October, as lemmozine has pointed out, is already chosen. It has at least 5 votes. As is the goat photo, which shall be the cover. I am disappointed that nobody voted for the beheaded king tableau:



Or the modern light rail in centuries-old city pic:



But I have been enjoying the selections. There are a few NASA alumni voting, which has been evidenced by their choices.

Watched some college football championships. Joe Montana's son was QB for Tulane for a few plays, and he sucked. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter. They lost 10-3. Joe and his wife were in the stands, they looked miserable.

Dinner was going to be macaroni and Velveeta, but as I was slicing the cheese, it proved to be defective. There were clusters of coarse salt crystals all through the center of the loaf. Not worth reporting, but very disappointing, I had to use American Singles slices, and threw in a piece of string cheese.

Speaking of cheeses, there is a market in Mountain View called the Milk Pail which goes by the motto "We are a European open air market". They have occupied the same small not-quite-the-corner for 25 years, and I sometimes go there for cheese, because they have the biggest selection of non-cow, non-crumbly cheeses anywhere. The whole area is being torn up and modernized, and the city planners have been not promising Milk Pail anything for the last 5. Milk Pail is not a European market, and it isn't open air. It is a lot of grocery products crammed into a space 1/4 of the size it needs, with aisles that only one person can walk through at a time, and a chaos theory cash register arrangement.

Bottom line for me is I would like to see them relocate to a larger space, and for that the city and the developers should give them some $$ and a deadline. There's an empty former Safeway right across the street which could be made into a food court with them occupying about 1/4 of the space. They currently have only 5 parking spaces, the ex-Safeway has a hundred. Or more.

In Spook news, she did it again, started the night on the bed, but abandoned me for the sofa. She has become a lot more playful, and I have been countering by being a lot more assertive in picking her up and holding her.

Did some laundry, after I finish this I'll load the dishwasher.

Plans for tomorrow:
Nails
Football
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